Constituency Engagement

No one understands the intricacies of the child welfare system better than those directly involved with it. Child welfare system constituents — birth parents, kinship caregivers, foster parents, and alumni of foster care — are well positioned to offer unique insights into what works, based on their personal experiences. They are integral to designing a successful child welfare system that keeps children safely at home whenever possible and prioritizes safe reunification when foster care is necessary.

Constituents should be involved at all levels of the system: as the experts of what their family needs at the individual case level; as peer mentors who offer support and guidance to those newly involved with the system; and as constituent consultants who participate in leadership and decision-making to advance systems change.

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How can we prioritize constituent voice and choice?

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How can birth and foster parent partnerships help families reunify?

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How does the Parents for Parents program help parents reunify?

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Please explore the related resources below and at Questions from the field to learn more about constituency engagement.

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This short video describes how child welfare agencies can operationalize the four tiers of family engagement.

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These brief videos talk about why it is important to recognize the strengths within each family.

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Parent partners can guide parents through a difficult time and instill hope. Learn more about parent partner programs in this issue brief.

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This appendix provides a brief summary of the research on individual parent partner programs.

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This short video describes how child welfare agencies can operationalize the four tiers of family engagement.

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These brief videos talk about why it is important to recognize the strengths within each family.

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Parent partners can guide parents through a difficult time and instill hope. Learn more about parent partner programs in this issue brief.

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This appendix provides a brief summary of the research on individual parent partner programs.

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